Solid seasons end for Sonoma in jayvee, frosh baseball, softball
With a slow beginning to spring sports because of early to mid-season rain, Sonoma Valley High School’s junior varsity and freshman boys’ baseball and jayvee girls’ softball teams picked up the pace in the second-half of play, recently ending their seasons on upbeat notes, with a bright future for the young Dragons.
Sonoma’s jayvee baseball boys stayed in the Sonoma County League title hunt until the end, and finished alone in second-place behind a strong first-place Casa Grande squad, which was handed its only SCL loss by the Dragons (13-8 overall, 9-3 SCL).
The Sonoma jayvee boys’ baseball team – directed by head coach Fred Fegan and assistant coaches Matt Simpson and Jeremy Tayson – consisted of sophomores Joe Cotter, Connor Griggs-Demmin, Donnie Krause, Arthur Morgan, Richie Nunez, Dustin Sloane, Jaxson Strong, Mike Stovall, Keenan Tuohy and Garrett Walker; and frosh Vincent Albano, Dan Deely, Gerald deLara, Jimmy Flatt and Jesse Summers.
Anchoring the Dragon jayvees’ pitching staff were Flatt, Sommers, Nunez and Tuohy, along with closer Strong.
Offensively, Sonoma was led in hits, runs scored and RBIs by Albano and Deely, who also steadied the defense with his play at shortstop.
Sonoma’s jayvee softball girls also picked up momentum at midseason and stayed close to the top of the SCL standings until the end, finishing in second place with an 8-4 record, and overall they were 11-10.
“With their natural athletic talent and positive attitudes, this great bunch of young ladies will benefit Sonoma’s softball program in the near future,” said head coach Scott Dagner, who was assisted by Steve Cook.
Comprising the jayvee Lady Dragons were sophomores Selena Guiterrez, Jordann Dagner, Shelby Gray, Jessica Johnston, Jordan Samson and Lindsey Slack; and frosh Katelyn Adams, Paige Giomi, Kyra Hinton, Chelsea Krause, Yesenia Arjona, Michelle Stovall, Kaitlyn Boldt, Samantha Richards, Brooke Slack and Alixya Soto-Pomeroy.
Sonoma’s freshman baseball boys also posted an overall winning record at 9-8, while earning a second-place tie in the SCL with a 4-4 mark.
The frosh Dragons, directed by head coach Rich Blanchard and assistant coaches John Blanchard and Mario Amantite, consisted of Austin Bailey, Ronnie Cotter, Andrew DeMartini, Rich Denning, Magnus Forsythe, Devon Graff, Miles Hagin, James Hess, Mitch Hood, Alonso Jimenez, Cordell Kenniston, Jeff McGunagle, Jack Murphy, Ed Pomeroy, Max Schimm, Mike Sunia, Jay Swisher and Zach Thompson.
Sonoma’s offense was led by DeMartini’s team-leading .420 batting average, 21 hits, three doubles and a .492 on-base percentage. Other top hitters included Hess’ .346, Murphy’s .333, Bailey’s .325, and Schimm’s .311.
The frosh Dragons’ pitching staff was anchored by Hood’s and Forsyte’s 28 innings and 2.7 ERA each.